Handheld Horror
Films
Peeping Tom
• Peeping Tom is about a young man murders women, using a movie
camera to film their dying expressions of terr...
Cannibal Holocaust
• Cannibal Holocaust is a 1980 Italian exploitation film filmed in the
Amazon Rainforest, the movie tel...
The Blair Witch
Project
1999
• The Blair Witch project is presented as a documentary pieced
together from amateur footage,...
REC
• REC is a Spanish horror movie which uses shaky camerawork to create a
realistic “found footage” effect.
• The film w...
Cloverfield
• The film follows five young New Yorkers attending a going-away
party on the night that a gigantic monster at...
Paranormal
Activity
• The film centres on a young couple, Katie and Micah, who are
haunted by a supernatural presence in t...
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Handheld horror films

  1. 1. Handheld Horror Films
  2. 2. Peeping Tom • Peeping Tom is about a young man murders women, using a movie camera to film their dying expressions of terror. • Peeping Tom was one of the first handheld Camera Horror movies to be made. • Due to technological advances in the late 1950’s home portable cameras became available. • Peeping Tom is one of the first films to show the direct link between Horror and Pornography due to its sexual themes. • The film was largely influence by the Alfred Hitchcock film Vertigo although Vertigo was much more commercial because of its lack of gore and large distribution. 1960
  3. 3. Cannibal Holocaust • Cannibal Holocaust is a 1980 Italian exploitation film filmed in the Amazon Rainforest, the movie tells the story of four documentarians who journey deep into the jungle to film indigenous tribes which they discover to cannibals • When the film was released seemed so realistic that the director was charged with murder of several actors. • The film was band in most countries due to its graphic depiction of gore, several violence and the inclusion of six genuine animal deaths. 1980
  4. 4. The Blair Witch Project 1999 • The Blair Witch project is presented as a documentary pieced together from amateur footage, filmed in real time. • The Blair Witch Project bears many similarities to the 1998 film The Last Broadcast. Both are faux-documentaries dealing with characters who set off into the wilderness in search of legendary figures and vanish; the endings are quite different. • The Blair Witch Project had large scale advising, including a ground breaking campaign by the studio to use the internet to suggest the film was a real event. • The Blair Witch Project grossed $248,639,099 worldwide compared to its final budget which ranged between $500,000 and $750,000 making the film the third most successful independent film.
  5. 5. REC • REC is a Spanish horror movie which uses shaky camerawork to create a realistic “found footage” effect. • The film was so popular that the film was remade practically shot for shot in America retiled Quarantine. • Quarantine did not have as positive of an reaction as REC did, however it did have success at the box office as its gross profit was $41,319,906. • REC is said to be the scariest Spanish film ever made critics have said that "Out of all the “shaky-cam” films... this one is arguably the best." 2007
  6. 6. Cloverfield • The film follows five young New Yorkers attending a going-away party on the night that a gigantic monster attacks the city. • Cloverfield has been called a 9/11 allegory by many critics and viewers, as the film shows the destruction of New York City and shows New Yorkers fleeing Manhattan surrounded by smoke and debris. • The film grossed $40,058,229 on its opening weekend, making it the most successful January release to date. 2008
  7. 7. Paranormal Activity • The film centres on a young couple, Katie and Micah, who are haunted by a supernatural presence in their home; it is presented in the style of "found footage," from a camera set up by the couple in an attempt to photograph what is haunting them. • The film had a budget of just £15,000 but the film grossed $193,311,485 worldwide. • Paranormal activity used an internet advertising campaign in which they got visitors of their website to vote the movie to come to their town or city. 2009
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